Sad news from Lonesome Highway

West Virginia-based Lonesome Highway is in shock after learning that bass player, Cody Brown, and his girlfriend Anna Piel were seriously injured returning home early Sunday morning from band appearances over the weekend.

According to banjo player John Arnold, Cody fell asleep driving just a few miles from his home in Madison County, and the car flipped end-over-end through a fence. Both were taken to the UVA Hospital in Charlottesville by helicopter.

He shared this update on their condition:

“Anna was able to sit up and talk this morning and was able to walk down and see Cody and has been moved out of ICU. She will still need futher surgery on her nose and eye socket that was fractured once the swelling has subsided.

Cody has been diagnosed with 2 fractured vertebrae and a complete fracture of the mandible, and will have to have jaw wired shut 6-8 weeks. He is waiting to be fitted with a shell (gotta get one that fits!) for his spine. He also has fractured ribs, lacerated lip and neck and 2 missing teeth.

Apparently a 1×6 fence board came thru the window. We are so thankful that although their injuries are severe, they are in good spirits and they are starting on the road to recovery! Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers!”

fans and friends who would like to send card can post them to:

Cody Brown and Anna Piel
114 John Weaver Drive
Brightwood, VA 22715

Here’s hoping to seeing them up and around soon – and watch that late-night driving everybody!

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.